Trees and shrubs

Majestic towering trees compete with emblematic shrubs to decorate gardens throughout the year. Here’s all you can expect from your shrubs and trees.

Soap bush, variations in blue

Having blue flowers in the garden is rather uncommon. One of the advantages of the soap bush is that it comes in a range of blue hues from pastel blue to deep indigo.
Blue-colored soap bush flowers

How to plant heath plants

Heath plants love acidic, cool and well-drained soil. Planting is an important phase in the life of a plant.
Close-up of a healthy heath plant well planted.

Azalea japonica, the Japanese azalea

Azalea japonica is a small heath shrub that provides evergreen, bushy growth. Its star appeal, however, is the massive blooming of very beautiful flowers ranging from pink to red, purple and white. 
Bright pink blossoms cover an Azalea japonica with a few bright green leaves.

Acacia dealbata, the winter mimosa tree

Acacia dealbata, commonly known under the name winter mimosa tree, decorates our gardens with superb golden yellow blooms from January to March, depending on the climate.
Acacia dealbata in full bloom with yellow flowers

Little weeping tree, why do you cry?

Who doesn’t feel a twinge of emotion upon seeing the wavy fronds of a weeping willow sway in the breeze? Those living waves of leaves that great artists and painters have forever tried to immortalize on their canvas?
Small weeping trees fronting a pond

Willow-leaf pear, a beautiful ornamental fruit tree with wispy leaves

This smallish pear tree has a bearing and leaves that closely resemble those of the weeping willow. Wispy leaves and sometimes weeping branches make willow-leaf pear a great ornamental tree in the garden. Willow-leaf pear key facts Name – Pyrus salicifolia Family – Rosaceae Type – tree Height – 16 to 32 feet (5 to 10 m) Exposure – full sun, part sun Soil – ordinary […]
Willow-leaf pear tree growing 10 feet tall

Witch-hazel, the tree with golden stars

Witch-hazel: the spooky name betrays its uniqueness. Magical and mysterious, witch-hazel is covered in winter with strange gold yellow flowers and in fall is draped in amazing hues.
Witch hazel bloom

Trees with gold yellow leaves, bring the sun to the garden!

Fall is the season of nature’s grand finale, an explosion of color before a well-deserved rest. Like a show of fireworks, a culmination of powerful fiery bursts of color bursts forth from trees left and right in the scenery and in the garden. Gold in particular flashes and shines in all its rich tan-to-orange leaves, […]
Yellow-leaved trees

Winter blooming shrubs

Even though there aren’t very many, winter blooming shrubs are often among the most amazing. They are unique in that they bloom when all the other plants are at rest.
Witch hazel blooming in winter

Persian ironwood, strong wood and even stronger colors!

Persian ironwood is an impressive short tree: colorful as a bonfire in autumn, and very useful hard wood whenever it needs to be chopped down. Persian Ironwood facts Name – Parrotia persica Family – Hamamelidaceae Type – shrub Height – 20 to 25 feet (6 to 8 m) Exposure – full sun to shade Soil – rather acidic Foliage – deciduous Flowering – January to March Planting Persian ironwood […]
Parrotia persica, the persian ironwood tree

Caramel tree, delicious eye candy for the garden

Visitors often overlook the caramel tree because its blooming is discrete and fragrance-less. The tree’s silhouette isn’t particularly remarkable, but there is one thing that will make you remember it for ever: the smell of its leaves!
Yellow leaves of the caramel tree

Russian Olive, a nice shrub

Russian olive is a beautiful shrub. Its name comes from its native region – Southern Russia – and the resemblance to the olive tree around the Mediterranean.
Leaves and flower of the Russian olive tree

Horse chestnut tree, are you up to a game of conkers?

The horse chestnut tree is a favorite of schoolyard autumn games: it produces the famed “conkers” which are an infinite source of childish enjoyment! Horse Chestnut tree facts Name – Aesculus hippocastanum Family – Spindaceae Type – tree Height – 50 to 150 feet (15 to 45 meters) Exposure – full sun Soil – rich and cool Foliage – deciduous Flowering – May Planting a horse chestnut tree The planting […]
Horse chestnut tree in a field

Growing an evergreen hedge

Choosing evergreen shrubs to grow as a hedge is often a great solution to cut off inquisitive onlookers or simply to mark the limits of a garden with regarding to immediate neighbors.
Duck on an evergreen hedge

Setting up a hedge, flowered, mixed or evergreen?

Hedges often mark property lines and are usually the first project for the garden. But setting a hedge up means choosing the type of shrub: flowered, mixed or evergreen. There are many options and not all shrubs are suited to growing in a hedge.
Flowered? Evergreen? Deciduous? The right hedge for you

Coral tree, ablaze with flowers as leaves have yet to unfurl

The coral tree (Erythrina species) is actually a family of trees with incredible flowers. It’s part of the Fabaceae family. Core Coral tree facts Name – Erythrina Family – Fabaceae Type – shrub Height – 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) Exposure – full sun Soil – rich enough Foliage – deciduous Flowering – May to August Planting coral tree We recommend planting in spring. Refer to our […]
Coral tree, erythrina

Tamarillo, the tomato tree

The tamarillo is a fruit shrub native to the tropics which bears surprising fruits with firm flesh and a tangy, pungent taste.
Tamarillo

Hibiscus, a tropical sensation

The lively flower colors of the Hibiscus bring to mind the enchantment of tropical flora. Hibiscus also exist as shrubs that have adapted to our latitudes and stud our summer days with multicolored dream-like flowers.
Rose of Sharon hibiscus syriacus

Winterizing your olive trees and protecting them from the cold

It might come as a surprise, but what is most fatal to olive trees in winter isn’t the cold – it’s moisture. If the cold sets in gradually and the air is dry, olive trees are hardy down to 10 to 17°F (-8 to -12°C) and have been known to survive temperatures as low as […]
An olive tree in winter with snow.

Liquidambar, flamboyant in fall

Liquidambar is a magnificent tree, especially in fall, when it is draped in scintillating fiery colors like gold, fire red and amber.
Red liquidambar leaves
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